NWI TIMES: Ivy Tech grads college and career ready

When it comes to preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities, students of all ages are finding college a necessity. More and more, Indiana residents are turning to Ivy Tech for affordable access to post secondary education – whether they are heading toward a four-year degree or looking to gain a distinct advantage in today’s competitive job market.

High School Senior Awarded Associates Degree Before Diploma

According to the 21st Century Charter School website, “College is key to success in life: We offer the roadmap to get there.”

With an Ivy Tech Associates Degree in General Studies already in hand before he walks across the stage to accept his high school diploma on June 3rd, 21st Century senior Vincent Pena could be the poster child for his high school’s mission.

“I took my first dual credit class as a sophomore,” he said. “After that, my Academic Coach got me on the path toward a degree. In my junior year, I realized this could be something great.”

According to Ivy Tech, dual Credit is an option for high school students to simultaneously take college classes while in high school, to receive college credit while fulfilling high school requirements. Some courses are taught at the high schools during school hours, while others are taught at Ivy Tech sites during the day, evening or weekends. Dual Credit allows students to get ahead and earn college credit before finishing high school.

After completing the required 60 credits for his degree from Ivy Tech, Pena, who is the first person in his family with a college degree, was the first student from Gary’s 21st Century Charter School to earn the honor. Along with his mother, brother, aunt, uncle and cousin, 15 of Pena’s high school classmates were there to witness his accomplishment when his name was called, and he proudly walked across the stage during Ivy Tech’s graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Next week, they will all be together again for the 21st Century graduation ceremony.

“I couldn’t believe I actually did it,” Pena reflected on receiving his college degree. “My mom is so proud that I’ve accomplished so much. She’s excited for me to take the next step and go to Purdue.”

With a full scholarship as a freshman at Purdue University West Lafayette, Pena will be working toward a combined bachelors and masters degree in Computer Graphics Technology. With a jumpstart of 37 qualifying credits from Ivy Tech, he hopes to complete the program in three or four years.

“From there, I’m not exactly sure what I would like to do,” he said. “I became excited about this field when I joined the robotics club at school last year. It was the first year for the club, and we competed with 40 other teams at the FIRST Robotics Boilermaker Regional in West Lafayette. We won the Rookie Inspiration Award for teamwork.”

Looking back on his tremendous accomplishment, Pena admits it was difficult at times.

“I enjoyed the program and classes very much,” he said. “I am very grateful for the support of my Academic Coaches at 21st Century, they were always very helpful. It’s a great honor to receive a degree from Ivy Tech.


Aplica Ahora

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GEO Prep Academy utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2020-2021.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a EnrollBR y comenzar su aplicación.
  2. Necesitará una dirección de correo electrónico. Si no tiene uno, aquí le brendaremos instrucciones para ayudarlo a configurar una cuenta de gmail de Google. Haga clic aquí
  3. Para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo completar la solicitud de inscripción ante de, Haga clic aquí

Para el año escolar 2020-2021, GEO Prep Academy inscribirá los grados K – 8o. Las escuelas están ubicadas en:

  • Grados K-2do – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3ro – 8vo Grados – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela. Se puede contactar a ambas escuelas al número (225) 927-1500.

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Grade Level

GEO Prep Academy will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
  2. You will need an email address. If you do not have one, there are instructions to help you set up a Google Gmail Account. Click here
  3. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand, Click Here

For the 2020-2021 school year, GEO Prep Academy will be enrolling grades K – 8. The schools are located at:

  • K-2nd Grades – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3rd – 8th Grades – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school. Both schools can be contacted at (225) 927-1500.